|Elaine & Geoff's place in Kew|
|"Old Lady" Bindi|
|Gum Trees in the garden|
We rolled out from Geoff and Elaine's place and slowly headed North. The short stop at the local quarry's weighbridge was enlightening, in that now I know the caravan manufacturers were dreaming when they produced our van's compliance plate. I just wish I had looked closer at the time of purchase.
The recommended tow ball weight of a towed van is 10% of the van's weight. Our towball weight on the compliance plate is about 5% of the van's weight! After filling the water tanks and using the fuel jerry can holders that came with our van, we are approaching the supposed maximum van weight, according to the figures on the compliance plate. This is before we have even put any food or bedding in the van! I think that something may not be right!!!!!
My guess is that to save actually taking any newly manufactured van to a weighbridge, van manufacturers take a bit of a punt on the weights. I am happy to be proved wrong, of course. But there are many anecdotes online of similar and worse, regarding van weights, so I guess it could always be worse!
Anyway, I have contacted our van's manufacturer for input, so hopefully I will know more soon,